OUR INSTRUCTORS

We have some of the most talented, passionate and dedicated instructors in the Seacoast area.  We are grateful every day for their commitment to our students...always learning, teaching, inspiring and helping our students grow as performers. We are also honored to partner with local guest choreographers. Learn more about them today!

MANDY BARSTOW

director@studio109dance.com

Owner & Director | Jazz, Tap, Musical Theater, Lyrical, Ballet

  • 2001 Rochester Jaycees "Young Citizen of the Year"

  • Dance educator at Noble High School 2005-2006 school year

  • Choreographed Noble High School musicals 2005-2012, 2014

  • Taught Dance at TCCA 2016-present

  • Attended Dance Teacher Web Live Conference in CT August 2015

  • Attended Dance Teacher Summit in NYC July 2016

  • Has taught and choreographed award winning soloist and group performances at regional and national competitions

  • As Director of the Performance Troupe, the Studio has earned Team Spirit and Class Act Awards at several competitions in New England

  • Mentor in the Big Buddy program in Rochester from 1999-2006

  • Board of Directors, Rochester Chamber of Commerce

  • On the Board for Rochester Main Street for three years; was Chair of Entertainment

  • Member of the Committee that started Rochester's family OctoberFest

  • Lead organizer for the Rochester Main Street's "Zombie Walk"

  • Was Entertainment Coordinator for National Night Out and Lilac Family Fun Fest

NIKI KINNEAVY

Performance Troupe Director | Tap, Jazz, Lyrical

  • Studio 109 instructor since 2002

  • BS in Communications, M.Ed. from the University of New Hampshire

  • Member and Team Captain of the UNH Dance Team

  • Master classes with Savion Glover, Frank Hatchett and Gus Giordana

  • Recently attended the Dance Teacher Web Live convention in Connecticut where she studied with Aaron Turner, Liz Imperio and Alex Wong

  • Attended Dance Teacher Summit in NYC July 2016

  • Attended Dance Teacher Web Live Conference in CT August 2015

  • Choreographer of many local musicals including Treasure Island at Studio 109 and The Wizard Of Oz, Peter Pan, and The Wiz at Maple Wood Elementary School in Somersworth, NH where she is a 5th grade teacher

JOSIE GILLETTE

Hip Hop

  • Studio 109 instructor since 2008.

  • 109 alumna since studio opening in 1998.

  • Current Celtics affiliated Lady Red Claws Dancer for Maine Red Claws, NBA GLeague. 

  • Coach of Dover Little Green Cheerleading Mascots 2018.

  • Extensive background in Cheer and Dance with numerous competitions for both.

  • Six years of Cheer with two as Varsity Captain and choreography for Somersworth High School Cheerleading. 

  • Choreographed/Danced in hip hop/pop music video in 2014. 

  • Multiple workshops including, Monsters of Dance Hip Hop, Flow 40, SKooJ, Luam at Broadway Dance Center in NYC, Radio City Rockettes, Disney and with Jeff Jean-Philipe. 

  • Performed at Statue of Liberty in NYC and at Disney. 

BRIANNE TARLETON

Musical Theatre Instructor

  • Studio 109 instructor since 2018

  • Over 18 years of music and theatre experience beginning with ensembles and productions in her hometown of Somersworth, NH

  • Studied voice and music education at UNH starting in 2009

  • Has directed and accompanied school and church choirs for the past ten years

  • Adjudicated local choir competitions in the Seacoast region

  • Participated in shows during her time at Somersworth High School including Into the Woods and The Music Man

  • Teacher at Tri-City Christian Academy

  • Has co-written two full-length original mystery dinner theatre productions

  • Has coached high school vocalists who have made it through highly competitive auditions and to the NHMEA All-State Choral Festival

  • Has directed and produced numerous local school and church plays, dinner theatres, and musicals in the last ten years

MORGAN CHADWICK

Ballet, Pre-Pointe, Pointe

  • Studio 109 instructor since 2018

  • At age six, started training with Seacoast Ballet Company under Larry and Colleen Robertson

  • Studied at Ballet New England under Elisa Gerasin, Angela Carter and David Drummond 

  • Joined Northeastern Ballet Theater in 2008, trained under Lissa Curtis John Ling and director Edra Toth

  • Performed with Northeastern Ballet Theater in numerous ballets including The Nutcracker, Dracula, Pirate and the Gypsy, La Corsair, Midsummers Night Dream, Twelve Dancing Princesses, Cinderella  and Sleeping Beauty 

  • In 2013, traveled to England doing volunteer children's work 

  • Returned to Northeastern ballet theater in 2014 as staff teaching all ages

EMMA KATHERINE MANNION

​Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical

  • Studio 109 instructor since 2018

  • Has been teaching all styles of dance with a strong focus on ballet technique for the last 5 years

  • Trained for 15 years under the direction of Lisa Drouin Goff at Turning Pointe Center of Dance in Pembroke, NH

  • Completed a two year dance pedagogy apprenticeship with Turning Pointe Center of Dance in 2016

  • Has held and performed lead dance roles in The Nutcracker, Coppelia, Hello Dolly!, The Wizard of Oz, Grease and many more locally in southern NH

  • Performed professionally from 2012-2017 in the U.S in locations such as Universal Studios, New York City, Disney World, DisneyLand, Chicago, Boston, and Atlanta

  • Produced, Choreographed, and Directed a benefit concert "A Night to Give Back" to support local/nonprofit women's shelters in southern NH in October of 2018

  • Started a latin ballroom group at The Health Club of Concord in August of 2018 after working with Arthur Murray's ballroom teacher training program in Manchester, NH

  • Choreographed for and performed with Boston non-profit dance company "Onstage Dance Company" in 2020.

SHARON HALL

Petites, Lyrical, Jazz

  • Studio 109 instructor since 2018

  • Over 18 years experience working with children ages 3-5 in multiple settings

  • Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education at Grand Canyon University

  • Pre- K 3 teacher at Tri-City Christian Academy since 2015

  • Assisted with Fall and Spring Dance at TCCA with Mandy Barstow

  • Co-Choreographed Peter Pan Jr. at TCCA in 2018

  • Completed workshop with Nsquared from NYC

  • Studied Liturgical Dance, Flags, Hip Hop, and Mime under the direction of Janine Myers

  • Completed multiple workshops focusing on Mime directed by Todd & Marilyn Farley

CAITLIN ERICSON

Acro, Conditioning

  • Studio 109 instructor since 2018

  • Competitive USAG gymnast at Aim High Gymnastics Academy in RI

  • Coached competitive the compulsory J.O USAG team and was the head coach for the Xcel gymnastics team

  • Graduated with a degree in Kinesiology (exercise science) at the University of Rhode Island

  • Currently studying to become a Gymnastics Judge for USAG sanctioned gymnastics meets

NICK BETTY-NEAGLE

Contemporary, Ballet

  • Studio 109 instructor since 2019

  • BFA in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College

  • Founded the NSquared Dance Company in 2014

  • Self-produced three shows in New York City and two domestic tours to Portland, Maine

  • Has shown works in over twenty five festivals and is a recurring choreographer for the Queensboro Dance Festival and the Moving Beauty Series, among others.

  • Resident choreographer for the Lower East Side Shakespeare Company, for which he was nominated for "Outstanding Choreography" in the 2016 Planet Connection Festival

  • Has won multiple awards at the 2017 Detroit City Dance Festival

  • His choreography has taken him and the company to Seattle, Detroit, Vermont, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Portland, and New Hampshire

  • Member of NH Collaborative Dance Arts located in Manchester, NH

ZACKERY BETTY-NEAGLE

Contemporary, Jazz, Burlesque

  • Studio 109 instructor since 2019

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College with a concentration in Jazz

  • Co-Artistic Director for NSquared Dance, partnering with Artistic Director, Nick Neagle 

  • Toured to Seattle, Detroit, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh & Baltimore

  • Has set various works of choreography on the company as well as taught in various cities with NSquared 

  • Seasoned dancer with Keigwin & Co. a prestigious New York City dance company  

  • Embarked on a month long exchange tour to Africa with Keigwin & Co. with additional thanks to The US State Department and Brooklyn Academy of Music

  • Performed on stages such as the Joyce Theater, Symphony Space, and New York City Center

  • Member and guest dancer with Tami Stronach Dance, Project 44, & City Ballet of Boston 

LAUREN SCHEFFER

​Adaptive, Lyrical, Tap

  • Studio 109 instructor since 2019.

  • Started dancing at Studio 109 when she was 2-1/2. Member of the Performance Troupe. Dance Assistant (4 years) Studio 109 Adaptive Dance Program.

  • Student at UNH majoring in Occupational Therapy, minoring in Dance.

  • Member of the UNH Dance Company. Has choreographed several dances at UNH.

  • Participated in many workshops/conventions including Excel, Alvin Ailey, Spirit of Dance Awards, Flow40, Expressive Movement, The Dance Sessions, Tremaine Dance, Monsters, the Rockettes, and at Disney working with choreographers Sonya Tayeh, Lauren Frodeman, tWitch, Alex Turner, Buddy Casimano, SkooJ and more.

  • Selected for the National Team for Elite Dance Challenge.

  • A triple threat, her drama production credits include: Charlotte’s Web, Beauty and the Beast, Willy Wonka, Annie, My Son Pinocchio, Seussical, Alice in Wonderland. She participated in Jazz Choir, Girls’ Choir and A Capella choir while at St. Thomas Aquinas High School.

  • Employed by Step Up 2 Dance working at local competitions. Named a Step Up 2 Dance Future Star Ambassador in 2017.

  • Convention scholarship recipient for both Hollywood Summer Tour and Spirit of Dance Awards.

  • Danced for community events such as the Breathe Life benefit, Dancers Making a Difference and Relay for Life.

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OUR OFFICE STAFF

STEPHANIE JONES

Business Manager, Instructor - Minis, Petite, Jazz, Tap, Intermediate Tap

  • Studio 109 business manager and instructor since 2014

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Management

  • Involved with Studio 109 since it opened its doors in 1998 until 2010 handling office management and teaching dance classes, alongside her sister, Mandy and mother, Jennifer.

  • Stephanie has been a preschool teacher assistant, and teacher, at KAFB in Okinawa, Japan.

  • She also was an assistant teacher at a private family school in New Mexico.

  • Attended Dance Teacher Web Live Conference in CT August 2015

  • Stephanie's past customer service and management skills are credited to working as a manager at a globally known specialty clothing store, office manager at a small advertising company, supervisory experience at a big box retail and a reservationist, ticket agent and ramp agent with the fourth largest commuter airline in the world.

  • She has had the privilege of watching her two older daughters, Jenny and Josie; who is a current choreographer, dance at Studio 109, and now has the opportunity to watch her youngest of eight, Siena, do the same. She is one of the "original" competition team moms.  The love of dance just runs in the family!

JOSIE GILLETTE

Billing / Accounts Manager

  • Account Manager at Studio 109 since 2020

  • 15 years of customer service experience

  • 8 years of electronic data entry

  • 5 years of reception with a corporate hospital

  • Supervised operations room and assisted administration as needed

  • 5 years of training staff in customer service and reception

  • Assisted with customer service calls, processes, complaints and new customers, writing training manuals, scheduling, registration, insurance authorizations and reporting

  • Josie's dance bio is above.

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Tel: (603) 335-7022

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